California loses another aviation company to North Texas

Todd Short

Airplane on runway. Photo courtesy Peshkova

via Candace Carlisle, Dallas Business Journal

Another aviation company has decided to move its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth to take advantage of the Lone Star state’s business friendly environment and the city’s longtime history in the aerospace industry.

The move is historic for Burbank, California-based C&S Propeller — an FAA and EASA certified repair station for propeller and airplane maintenance — which has been in California for nearly five decades.

“C&S has had a long history in California,” said Jeff Heikke, president of Precision Aerospace Products LLC, which is the company’s parent company, in a statement. “We look forward to the aerospace resources the Fort Worth market offers along with a lower cost of living for our employees and greater flexibility in our day to day operations.”

The Fort Worth relocation will also help the company grapple with its rapid growth, he said. The new Fort Worth headquarters and facility totaling 18,000 square feet at 8717 Forum Way in Fort Worth is expected to be operational by June 1. The company signed a long-term lease for the building.

C&S Propeller is one of the foremost experts in maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft, which serves both military and civilian operators throughout the world. There are over 1,400 Lockheed C130 aircraft in operation.

Other companies in the aerospace industry have also started calling Fort Worth home. The relocation of C&S Propeller took a team effort, which includes the city, Fort Worth’s economic development team and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Betsy Price said she expects Fort Worth to continue to attract companies from California that want to maximize their operations, reduce costs and locate their employees in a city with a high quality of life.

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